Three years on, Syria Kurds warn world allowing Daesh to rebuild

A forensic scientist checks the covered remains of a human body, discovered in a mass grave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on March 19, 2022, believed to be of a victim of the Islamic State (IS) group movement. In June 2014, IS fighters seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second city. Iraqi forces recaptured the city in 2017. (Photo: AFP)
QAMISHLI, Syria — The Syrian Kurdish forces that spearheaded the battle to crush Daesh’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” in 2019 warned Wednesday that the world’s lack of support risked allowing for a Islamist extremist rebirth.اضافة اعلان

The Daesh proto-state — which once administered millions of people across swathes of Syria and Iraq, on territory roughly the size of Britain — was declared defeated on March 23, 2019.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which act as the autonomous Kurdish administration’s army, led the battle that flushed out the village of Baghouz where Daesh made its last stand.

The SDF’s central command warned in a statement that the countries that provided assistance to the military operation at the time should not turn their backs on the region now.

“The absence of a clear, comprehensive long-term international plan increases human and material losses and allows ISIS to strengthen its organization,” it said, using another acronym for the extremist group.

Daesh has not had fixed positions in Iraq or Syria since March 2019 but its remnants have continued to launch hit-and-run guerilla attacks from desert hideouts.

The SDF said a huge attack on a prison in Hasakeh in January was evidence that Daesh was seeking to expand its operational capabilities.

The battles sparked by the Ghwayran prison break left at least 370 people dead.

According to Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a significant number of Daesh fighters sprung free.

The Kurdish forces also blamed those countries that are still reluctant to repatriate their citizens held in camps and prisons for suspected Daesh members and their relatives.

The autonomous administration has repeatedly complained it did not have the resources to detain the thousands of suspects who poured out of Daesh territory in the caliphate’s dying weeks, let alone to organize trials.

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